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My First Starbucks Date with the LSAT

Well, there I was at Starbucks. Kids running around, people ordering their drinks in Starbucks-ese, and me, taking my first practice LSAT. I decided to take my first practice test cold. I didn’t know anything about the test. Nada. As luck would have it, Logic Games was my first section.

I better do well. This is like…an IQ test. You can’t study for those things. I think I heard that somewhere. Oprah, or was it Maury? Wait. Of course it isn’t Maury. It’s Oprah, duh. Anyway, focus! There’s only 35 minutes left.

Back when I took the test, logic games were perfectly fitted on a single page. There was no white space whispering, “Hey, write on me, please. It might help you. I like notes.”

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How I Bombed My First LSAT

I’m going to talk about the first time I took the LSAT. Hoo boy – unlike Branden or Laura, I was, straight up, a hot mess.

Allow me to explain. I had decided a few months prior to go to law school and fulfill my destiny of becoming a hotshot lawyer. I had it all planned out: In order to become a hotshot lawyer, I had to get into a good law school, and in order to get into a good law school, I had to take the LSAT and do really, really, really well on it. I was going to take the late September LSAT, so I’d have plenty of time to work on my law school applications.

I self-studied, and had no idea what was going on. The LSAT was completely foreign to me. The first thing I did was a practice test, and I did terribly. I was twenty points away from a perfect score on the SAT when I took it at 15, so bombing this practice LSAT made me spend a lot of time googling, “Do people get dumber over time?” and “sugar brain deterioration.”

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Your First Practice LSAT: Take It, Grade It, Embrace It

The September LSAT is approximately two and a half months away. Whether you’re enrolled in an LSAT prep course or studying on your own, it’s time to get down to business. First up? Taking your first practice exam.

If you’ve never studied for the LSAT before, your first practice exam will be what we call a “cold” exam. You’ll have no idea what to expect, you may have never seen a logic game before, and no matter how smart you are, you’re probably not going to do very well. Why? Unlike the SAT, you’re not going to roll out of your bed and ace the LSAT on your first try. The SAT is more of a general aptitude test, whereas the LSAT requires you to possess a very particular set of skills (just like Liam Neeson).

So why go through this torture?

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Taking Your First Practice LSAT

As Blueprinters around the world from Des Moines to Afghanistan begin their studies for the October 2010 LSAT, the first of many obstacles looms large.  Laying in a supply of number 2 pencils?  No.  Saying goodbye to your significant other for all intents and purposes for the summer?  Hopefully not.  Understanding the significance of the first practice exam?  Check.

Your first practice LSAT.  This rite of passage has been responsible for inflated egos, vicious self doubt, and innumerable trips to KFC.